Report: Training for Workshop Conductors near Vienna, Austria

The initiative FairPlay. Different Colours. One Game. organised a training for workshop conductors. The training as well as the subsequent implementation of the workshops are a fundamental element of the project “Fußball für Entwicklung: Globales Lernen durch Sport”, which is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

On the weekend of April 5th – 7th, the initiative FairPlay. Different Colours. One Game. organised a training on Global Education for current and prospective workshop conductors  in Reichenau, Lower Austria. The main objective of the training was to give the 15 participants content-related and methodological input regarding the implementation of FairPlay-workshops. The goal was, on the one hand, the communication and disclosure of theoretical approaches concerning aspects such as “sport and development” or “gender” and, on the other hand, to enable both the exchange of experiences and the
practical realisation regarding the interactive preparation of the issues.

The FairPlay-workshops aim at adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19. They are offered for extracurricular youth groups throughout Austria – youth centres, football camps and youth leagues, for instance. The workshops aspire to connect the football world
with developmental and political education and thereby imparting these
issues in an interactive, playful kind of way with various motion elements.

The training as well as the workshops are an important part of the project “Fußball für Entwicklung: Globales Lernen durch Sport” (English: “Football for Development: Global Learning through Sport”), funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), which is a follow-up project to the EU-based project “Football for Development”, implemented in 2009-2011. In addition to the workshops, the project wants to provide an opportunity to youth workers and other stakeholders in education to continue to work on the relevant topics independently. For this purpose, a
manual with practical exercises and content-related emphases was developed.

The main objectives of the project are an enhanced development-related and political awareness among adolescents, the learning of new methods
in the context of Global Education for youth workers as well as the
active involvement of Austrian stakeholders in sports in development-related initiatives.

The workshops are an essential contribution to extracurricular educational activities, which deal with global issues youth-appropriately, reduce stereotypical perceptions towards minority communities and thereby mobilise children and adolescents, which are difficult to reach through classical offers within a mainstream school establishment.  

Within the framework of the project “Football for Development”, the initiative FairPlay. Differen Colours. One Game. offers free workshops throughout Austria. These workshops can be enquired by various extracurricular youth groups.

Contact Martin Kainz FairPlay-VIDC

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